Bee honey could hold the unlikely key to unlocking the next computer age

Neuromorphic computing that mimics the human brain (opens in new tab) is one step closer to reality, as Washington State University researchers have built a crucial circuit for this new type of computing using an implausibly pure substance.

Using bee honey, the researchers built a proof-of-concept memory resistor, or memristor. To accomplish this feat, they first turned the honey into a solid form and then held it between two metal electrodes in the same way the brain’s synapses lie between pairs of neurons.

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